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Life-threatening hypernatraemic dehydration in breastfed babies
  1. R Shroff1,
  2. R Hignett2,
  3. C Pierce2,
  4. S Marks1,
  5. W van’t Hoff1
  1. 1Department of Nephrourology, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London, UK
  2. 2Department of Paediatric Intensive Care, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children
  1. Correspondence to:
    W van’t Hoff
    Department of Nephrourology, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London WC1N 3JH, UK; vanthw{at}


We describe five babies, who were exclusively breast fed, with life-threatening complications of hypernatraemic dehydration secondary to inadequate breast feeding. An increased awareness among health professionals is required so that this potentially devastating condition can be prevented.

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  • Competing interests: None declared.

  • Published Online First 11 May 2006

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